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Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal

The ship, stretching more than 1,300 feet, ran aground and blocked one of the world’s most vital shipping lanes, leaving more than 100 ships stuck at each end of the canal.

Trying to convey the sheer scale of the nearly quarter-mile-long container ship that has been stuck in the Suez Canal since Tuesday evening, some news outlets compared it to the length of four soccer fields. Others simply called it gigantic.

But the main thing to know was this: After powerful winds forced the ship aground on one of the canal’s banks, it was big enough to block nearly the entire width of the canal, producing a large traffic jam in one of the world’s most important maritime arteries.

By Wednesday morning, more than 100 ships were stuck at each end of the 120-mile canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and carries roughly 10 percent of worldwide shipping traffic. 

How big is the Ever Given?

Approximately 400 metres long. To compare the Empre States building is 381m to the roof. The tip exstends to 443.2m

How many containers on board?

The 200,000-tonne ship is capable of carrying 20,000 containers, shows the problems faced in Suez canal.

The report below was sent to us today outlines the issues faced. So far it’s estimated that 9.5 billion pounds worth of stocks is being held up. This, unfortunately, includes for us over a thousand sofas spread over two vessels, the Tenere and Barzan. Presently updates have been limited and little information is being relayed on the estimated docking times. Whilst we will endeavor to keep the flow of cheap sofas into Birmingham, there might be delays. If you need a sofa the next day, please call or message us to check live stock levels. We currently have other 1000 sofas in stock but some of our most popular items including the Oslos are on these vessels.

Ever Given Situation Report

25th March 2021
As of 07:00 Egypt time Thursday 25th March Evergreen can confirm the following:

After 48 hours of proactive efforts to re-float Ever Given, the time chartered
vessel’s grounding situation has not been resolved.
The shipowner confirms that the crew, ship and cargo are all safe, and no marine
pollution has materialized. There had been no black out resulting in loss of power
prior to the ship’s grounding.
The shipowner has appointed two maritime professional rescue teams from the
Netherlands (Smit Salvage) and Japan (Nippon Salvage) to attend the ship. These
teams will be working with the Captain and the Suez Canal Authority to design a
more effective plan for refloating the vessel as soon as possible.

Evergreen Line will continue to coordinate with the shipowner and Suez Canal
Authority to deal with the situation with the utmost urgency, ensuring the
resumption of the voyage as soon as possible and to mitigate the effects of the

As the vessel is chartered, the responsibility for the expense incurred in the
recovery operation; third party liability and the cost of repair (if any) is the owners.
A further up-date on the situation will be made as material information becomes

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  1. Successful Refloating of EVER GIVEN
    29 March 2021
    Category Navigation News
    ​Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), has announced today, Monday 29th March, 2021, that the Panamanian container ship has been successfully refloated. This was the result of successful push and tow maneuvers which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction; with the stern 102 m. away from the bank of the Canal now instead of 4 m. prior to the refloating.

    Maneuvers are set to be resumed once more during high tide at 11:30 a.m.; as it shall reach 2 m., allowing for the full restoration of the vessel’s direction so it is positioned in the middle of the navigable waterway.
    His Excellency, Admiral Rabie, would like to reassure the international navigation society as navigation shall be resumed immediately upon the complete restoration of the vessel’s direction and directing it to the Bitter Lakes waiting area for technical inspection.
    His Excellency has also commended the efforts of the SCA workers who achieved this heroic feat saying that they have done their patriotic duty impeccably and that in all certainty work will be complete very soon.

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